This week we will be reading a first grade favorite of many! Frog and Toad are very silly in the story "Frog and Toad Together!" They struggle with how to grow a garden and are up to their usual antics. In this story we will address the big question: "What changes happen in a garden."
We will be working on a review of our doubles facts, doubles plus 1, and understanding when to use "helper facts" to become more proficient solving math facts with mental computation.
In celebration of one of the most influential authors of our time, we will also be studying about the life of Dr. Suess in a biography format.
WELCOME BACK! I hope everyone had a wonderful February break! The weather certainly seemed to cooperate for us. Perhaps Mr. Groundhog was influential! :)
ELA: This week we are reading the story called, "Jan's New Home." It's a story about a little girl who encounters quite a big change and realizes that although changes can sometimes be a bit scary, they can also be a good thing that you can embrace.
We are working on r controlled -or and -ore endings as well as plural -es endings.
Math: Our focus this week is on time and how to recognize the time to the hour on an analog clock as well as continued math fact practice and word problem strategies.
Science/Writing: We will be visiting the garden to record information about what we observe now in the later half of the winter here in New England. We will be incorporating our writing focus which is to use and author's voice in a writing piece. I am looking forward to their finish products!
Read-a-Thon! All forms and collected money will need to be returned to school no later than 2/26/16. Keep reading and collecting for your final few days! Great job!
I hope that everyone fared the snowstorm well and was able to remain safe, dry, and warm! I can't say that the disruption to our regular schedule hasn't been a bit of a challenge! I think I may need to have a few words with Punxsutawney Phil! He promised us an early Spring! :)
100's Day: Our celebration will be carried out on our 100th day. So our next day of school is the day we need to remember to dress like we are 100 years old! I can't wait to have a bit of fun with this project!
Spelling Test: Since we missed our Friday spelling test, I will be giving the test on Tuesday morning instead. Our new words for this week will be introduced Tuesday as well with the pretest to remain on Wednesday of this week. I still believe that this is a good indication of the words you need to practice with your first grade students at home and feel it is beneficial for you to have moving toward the Friday assessment/test.
ELA/Science: This week in Reading Street we will be learning about a little ducking named Ruby and how she changes as she grows from a duckling into an adult duck. It not only reinforces life cycles, but also the valuable lesson that everyone develops in their own time and not everyone is exactly the same. That is what makes us truly special.
Social Studies: Our focus will be our upcoming holiday and why we celebrate it! President's Day!
Math: We will be completing our Unit 5 assessment in addition to beginning our Unit 6 focus which is fact triangles, fact families, and collection boxes where children understand that numbers can be represented in a variety of different ways. These are incredibly valuable when we need to solve problems that involve multiple steps.
Book Fair: We are scheduled to have our Book Fair visit on Friday of this week during our library time. If you'd like your child to buy some books, don't forget to send them in with their/your wish list and money in a labeled envelop or baggie. :)
JUST A REMINDER THAT...FRIDAY FEB. 12TH IS A 1/2 DAY AND NEXT WEEK IS OUR FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK!